September 15, 2011 – Spring FW ’12
Anna Sui – Pat McGrath does it again! Taking her inspiration from Rita Hayworth and the color red, McGrath complements everything down to the eye color with pops of color and highlight. She finished the look with a fuller, blonder brow!
Naeem Khan – James Boehmer, Director of Global Artistry for Nars. If only we all had brows like these! Boehmer drew inspiration from the beautiful Ava Gardner and Ursula Andress. The brows were an homage to Gardner with a beautiful, defined and full shape. They were complemented with a radiant glow – a nod to Andress’ famous coming out of the water scene in the James Bond film, “Dr. No,” and we say YES!!
Proenza Schouler – Diane Kendall for MAC created a very understated look with fresh, dewy and naturally flawless skin. No lashes, no lips… but the look was finished with darkened brows, looks like with a brow powder.
Narciso Rodriguez – Dick Page, Shiseido’s Artistic Director. We love all the color blocking for spring and Page’s intense monochromatic make-up paired nicely with it and balanced the cool hair colors tones on the runway. Can you say Gaga? To finish, Page groomed the eyebrows to frame the face with “a custom color mix of sable, leather and caviar eye shadows. Love it – can you say Boom Boom Brow Boostiers brow powder?
Phillip Lim – Francelle Daly for NARS was inspired by “the freedom and fragility of kites.” Daly went for metallic eyes, supple lips and again… gorgeous brows! Starting in the inner corner of the eye, eye shadow was applied, followed along the crease and around the shape of the eyebrow. The brows themselves seemed to be trimmed and groomed, with a softer more natural arch.
September 13, 2011
Tracy Reese – Mally Roncal went for natural beauty, satin skin, flushed cheeks, midnight black lashes and to DIE for BROWS!! Fierce, yet natural…love it! Actually looked like they were highlighted with a powder.
DKNY- Charlotte Willer for Maybelline took DKNY on a trip to the Hamptons. Delicious brows with a gradient of shimmer from the lid to the bone were the perfect accent to the gorg patterns and hats. There’s nothing like a bangin’ set of brows peeking out from under a hat to make a statement. Not to mention, Boom Boom’s Push Up brow highlighting pencil is THE perfect way to add that shimmer!
Vera Wang- Lucia Pieroni channeled “an uptown girl who just got back from a desert music festival.” I have to say, we downtown ladies, are diggin’ it! Pieroni applied light and dark neutral shades around the eye and on the brow bone, growing lighter near the brow. Are we seeing at trend here? Pieroni also mascara, but curled the lashes – sounds like somebody needs a lash tint!
Monday, September 12, 2011
Rachel Roy – Bobbi Brown for Bobbi Brown. Inspired by the women of Saigon during Colonial Vietnam, Brown kept the brows natural and simply groomed with a brush. She then used rose-gold on the lids and exaggerated lashes to make the eyes pop!
VPL – Lucia Pieroni, Cle de Peau Beautes’ color creator. Pieroni was inspired by the living mannequin look and said, “It’s all about contours, radiance, and the definition of a bold brow.”
Carolina Herrera- Diane Kendal for MAC. Once again, iridescent skin and full, groomed brows graced the runway. Kendal was going for an “easy, breezy, fresh look.” Simple and natural – with FAB brows!
Donna Karan New York – Charlotte Tilbury for MAC. Tilbury drew her inspiration from Yasmin Le Bon and the Eighties. The makeup was very sexy with a strong emphasis on brows shaped to incorporate a bit of a point in the arch using eyebrow pencil and brushing upward.
Rachel Zoe – Yet another fashion icon and beauty legend is channeled for a show, as Brigitte Bardot-inspired looks rocked Zoe’s first runway show. And that meant sexy hair, pouty lips, and a full brow. Kudos to Rach! Check out the Zoe Report (http://www.rachelzoe.com/ <http://http://www.rachelzoe.com/> ) where she says it’s all about the eyes “One of the most prominent beauty fads right now, sharply-lined, dramatically-lashed and boldly-browed peepers turned up all over the runways.” Gotta love Rach!
Betsey Johnson – You can always expect lots of fun and excitement from Miss Betsey J. The lashline was defined, the brows were powdered in and arched, and the lips had a burst of color. As we always say, the bolder, the better!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
It’s not too late to be on trend this fall – bang out those brows, Boom Boom! The runways don’t lie!
L.A.M.B.– Charlotte Willer for Maybelline. Gwen Stefani went BOLD with L.A.M.B – kinda like Miss Gwen herself! Forget the clothes, the BROWS were the center of attention that night! Big dramatic tinted brows that rocked the house! Get the look by getting a tint and then using brow powder for added definition and color.
Tommy Hilfiger – Diane Kendal for MAC. Kendal went simplistic, balancing and contouring the skin. The lash lines were defined with a black gel liner, with a hint of iridescence around the eye, and brows were soft, natural. Pro Tip: Line the inside of eyes with a beige pencil (like the Boom Boom Push Up brow highlighting pencil) to make eyes POP, and use the shimmer side around the eyes to fancy them up like Kendal did.
Victoria Beckham – Charlotte Tilbury for Lancome went glowy with skin and glossy with the eyes. Brows were arched and groomed to add a feminine touch.
September 10, 2011
Lots happened today, but the stand out winner is Altuzarra, because the amazingly talented Tom Pecheux for MAC did MAJOR brows. Pecheux referred to this overdrawn look as “Elizabeth Taylor at the gym.” No lips, no mascara, no liner…just BROWS! He drew his inspiration from a 50’s meets 90’s mash-up of dramatic brows and pin-straight hair. Yes, further confirmation that brows are the hottest and most affordable accessory of the season! Boom Boom Brow Bar charges only $20 for brows, but if you want to give it a whirl at home, follow these DIY tips:
· Brows should not be too far apart in the center, too thin on the brow bone before the arch, or too short, length-wise.
· When tweezing at home, draw on the ultimate brow with a white pencil and then with a clean pair of sharp tweezers, pluck out anything on and below the line – remove the liner and you should have brows with a clean line that are not over-tweezed.
· Always fill in brows with powder to camouflage bare spots, imperfections and add depth and dimension, it’s more natural looking than pencil. Try Boom Boom Brow Boostiers brow powder ($20.00), available on www.boomboombrowbar.com.
Saturday, September 10, 2011 shows…
Prabal Gurung – Charlotte Tillbury for MAC was inspired by Nobuyashi Araki’s photographic series, “Sensual Flower.” Think neo-feminist with bright lips with a darker center (like a flower) and a high-shine effect on the skin. The best part – a swipe of mascara to the outer lashes and gelled up eyebrows. Boom Boom Brow-ssiere brow gel to the rescue – with one small swoop, brows are in place and will never ever flake.
Ruffian – James Kaliardos for MAC made the main focus eyelashes and brows. “The brow is inspired by Elizabeth Taylor <http://www.stylelist.com/2011/09/07/lara-stone-v-magazine-elizabeth-taylor_n_952516.html> ; liner inspired by Jacqueline de Ribes from a 1950s photograph by Richard Avedon and blush inspired by Sheena Easton. Skin was pale with a softer arched and fuller brow.
Cynthia Rowley – Lottie for Makeup Forever used the Brown Mascara from the Smoky Lash collection to enhance the eyes. She was going for a simple look, with fresh moisturized skin. The brows were bolder on most models, filled in with a brow powder.
Imitation of Christ by Tara Subkoff – Gina Brooke, artistic director of Hourglass Cosmetics was inspired by classic beauties like Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and Catherine Deneuve. Brows were untouched and natural but lashes were bold and sexy.
Nicholas K – Lindsay Ebbin, national makeup director for Red Door Spas, went bohemian chic all the way. She emphasized lashes for a downtown vibe with a bit of military. “The really thick double density mascara makes everything –green eyes, blue eyes– pop,” she says. We suggest making it even better with a big bold brow!
Friday, Sept. 9th
Big, Bold, Natural Brows Grace the Runways
Fashion week is HERE and the BROWS are the best, and quite frankly, probably the most affordable accessory this season!
BCBG Max Azria – Charlotte Willer for Maybelline took a “less is more” approach to make-up, with natural skin, softer lips and fuller, groomed brow. Get the look with an eyebrow powder like Boom Boom Brow Boostiers Brow Powder. The mineral powders are weightless and make filling in brows easy, and much more natural looking than a pencil. Comes in four colors (Aretha, Tina, Bette, Dolly) each with the most perfect brush EVA, designed by Boom Boom. Retail Price: $20.00 per powder.
Jason Wu – Diane Kendal (love her!), working with MAC, was inspired by “nineties graffiti artist Kaws and Sixties pop-art.” Very Grace Kelly – flawless with a soft arched brow.
Rebecca Taylor – Sil Bruinsma for MAC went “Kate Moss” – pale skin, rosy cheeks, water colored eyes and a light, soft, natural brow.
Richard Chai Love – James Kaliardos for MAC caught our attention with Kool-aid colored lips and full, untamed brows – check it out: http://www.stylelist.com/2011/09/08/richard-chai-love-spring-2012-backstage-beauty_n_953965.html
doo.Ri – The amazing Tom Pecheux for MAC went very bare, nude and delicate. He added heavy highlighting all around the eye (upper lids and beneath the lower lids) extending it to the cheek and brow bones with full, natural, brushed out brows. Get the look with Boom Boom Push Up brow highlighting pencil. Use the nude side to accent eyes and define the brow bone.
Luca Luca– James Kaliardos for MAC used pastel eye shadow defined with black and grey bold eyeliner to toughen the eyes with natural full brows. Love it!
Rachel Antonoff– Keri Blair for MAC was thinking “A little Edward Gorey, a little Wednesday Addams and a little Shel Silverstein” (whatever floats your boat) and went with an intense eyebrow — brushing brows upwards to simulate a wooly, haphazard effect.
So, the brow is in the bag – so far it’s pretty much big, bold, natural! Just the way we like it (wink, wink).
There are panties hanging from the chandeliers at the BOOM BOOM! A couple of years ago for my birthday, a friend gave me gorgeous, crotch-less panties (need we say more?). I had a couple of drinks in me, so I immediately threw them up into the chandeliers at the BOOM BOOM. Not very polite, but hilarious, I know! They are still there to this day. Shortly afterwards, I was going to a party in a Dolce and Gabbana dress that needed not for panties, so I was ill-advised and purchased a pair of Spanx. Have any of you tried Spanx (probably over 15 million of you, but I had to ask anyway)? Well let me tell you something, they are the worst things EVA!. If you want to feel really terrible about yourself, put them on. Reason being is that out of the package they are approximately four inches wide. Put them on your body, and, YES, you have just purchased your very own SNAUSAGE (I have to say Snausage – it just flows for me) CASING. GROSS! So picture this: it’s as if you could tie a skinny string on your waist with fat bubbling over! But even worse is the legs – I mean, I have good legs, and these things create billowing FAT, and again, you could tie with 2 strings on the legs. I am Italian, so I get a good sausage (giggle), but I do not want to feel like one. Needless to say, they are also on the chandeliers as a reminder that I never want to feel that bad again. Never! So I say, BAN the Spanx and bring on the Yummie Tummie (my friend Kristy works there). Shop away at www.yummietummie.com, or I say go pantiless…FREEDOM!
Something wonderful happened again, and I have to share: it has to do with shoes – again. After all this self-love and self-care, I apparently am still super shallow – I mean, shoes again???? There, I said it.
I made a big purchase. A biggie, and it was thrilling! I have been looking for the perfect wedge. I am a big wedge girl, just so you know, mainly because I wear the daisiest of dukes, and I just love a wedge with shorty shorts. And it’s going to be hot today kids! So when I saw these, I squealed with delight because they are Bottega Veneta (YES!), and they are GORG! In one full swoop I put them on and it was instant – so instantaneous that my friend Chuck said to me, “Oh my God, look how tall you are” (I have been striving to be 5’4″ since I was 15, but I’m always 5’3” ½ , and they will not give it to me, they just won’t). My response was to scream, “TALL??? LOOK HOW THIN I AM???” and, yes friends, that confirmed my purchase. And as I stood there waiting to pay for my brand new Bottega Veneta wedgies, gold card in hand with them already on my feet, I realized how lucky I am to be able to fall in love so easily, to feel such joy. I also realized that those Paris Hiltons brought just as much happiness for clearly a fraction of the cost because LOVE IS LOVE, no matter at $49.99 or so much more, and I just love that. I mean it.